Max Verstappen Taking an Indirect Dig at Mercedes Over Their F1 Pit-Stop Blunders

Published 06/09/2021, 5:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti


Red Bull and Mercedes have been arch-rivals as they have an ongoing intense battle for this year’s title. Max Verstappen may have just added fuel to the fire by slyly calling the Silver Arrows slow in their pit stops.

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It is a fact that the Brackley-based squad have at times botched their pit stops. The most notable was at the Sakhir GP last season, which ruined the race for George Russell and Valtteri Bottas. And the most recent at the Monaco GP, where wheel gun failed and yet Bottas was the victim and had to retire.

Max Verstappen takes a dig at Mercedes’s pit stops

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As quoted from Motorsport.total.com, Verstappen said, “It’s clear: Nobody is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. But so far I think that we have made fewer mistakes in the championship fight.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference after qualifying in second position FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I trust my team. Every time I pit, I know 99.9 percent that the pit stop will be great. It’s a very nice feeling,” Max concluded. (Translated from German via Google)

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The Brackley-based squad weren’t where they wanted to be for the race. As Lewis Hamilton wasn’t in the front row but in seventh place. While Bottas did give the team hope by starting second.

However, it all went downhill when the Finnish driver was called into the pits. The wheel gun failed to remove the front right tire and left Bottas stranded, forcing him to eventually retire from the Grand Prix itself.

Meanwhile, Hamilton couldn’t come into the pits as they were trying to help Bottas. He had to stay on track for a couple of more laps. Lewis finished the race in seventh place, losing the opportunity to score the maximum points they needed to regain the lead for the championship.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The Brackley-based squad will want to learn from this mistake as they wouldn’t want it to occur again and do more damage to their title hopes.

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Currently Red Bull sits on top of the Constructors’ Championship with 174, while rivals Mercedes behind them with just 148 points.

After failing to score any points in Baku as Hamilton came 15th and Bottas 12th, the team looks to the French GP as a way of bouncing back and coming back stronger.

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But the question remains, will they redeem themselves or suffer another horrifying weekend?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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